Serial killer ‘wanted his 15 minutes of fame’

A MAN who wanted to become a notorious serial killer and be like the Nightmare On Elm Street’s Freddy Krueger for a day was given six life sentences at the Old Bailey yesterday.

Multiple killer Daniel Gonzalez was sentenced for knifing to death four people and attempting to murder two others.

The 25-year-old showed no emotion as Judge Ann Goddard recommended that in his case: "Life should mean life."

A relative of one of his victims clapped in the public gallery and shouted "goodbye" as he was led to the cells.

Gonzalez is expected to spend the rest of his life behind bars.

But he will start his sentence at Broadmoor maximum security hospital, where he is considered one of their most dangerous patients.

He was convicted by a jury of murdering two women and two men and knifing two other men in random attacks over three days in September 2004.

Jurors decided that he was a drug crazed, cold-blooded murderer and not suffering from mental illness as he claimed.

Gonzalez's ambition was to be a famous serial killer of "at least 10 people" in a campaign of murder stretching from the south coast of England to London.

He "wanted his 15 minutes of fame". He was high on drugs, bored and wanted to kill as many people as possible.

He later confessed to killing all his victims, saying: "I am sorry. I just want to get locked up ... in fact I should go into the electric chair."

But when he settled into life at Broadmoor, he told a psychiatrist he still had time on his side: "I think I will be out in eight to 10 years."

Gonzalez feigned mental illness long before the murders. After his arrest, he again tried to manipulate psychiatrists into believing that voices commanded him to kill.

Richard Horwell, prosecuting said that "the excuse of being under the control of voices is often fabricated it is a caricature of mental illness. He has fabricated such symptoms in the past".

Mr Horwell told the jury Gonzalez was a "psychopath" who "killed because of the callous, cold person he is.

"It is his very personality that led him to kill disinhibited by a cocktail of drugs and alcohol."

Gonzalez's defence lawyers accepted Gonzalez had killed each of his victims.

But they claimed he was suffering from auditory hallucinations voices commanding him to kill which diminished his responsibility in law and meant he was guilty of manslaughter and not murder.

The prosecution agreed that he had a personality disorder but did not accept he was suffering from schizophrenia.

The jury agreed with the prosecution and delivered unanimous murder verdicts in just 90 minutes.

Gonzalez, 25, from Woking, Surrey, had denied murdering all four victims.

He admitted the attempted murder of two people he also attacked.

His murder victims were Derek Robinson, 76, and his wife Jean, 68, from Highgate, north London, and Kevin Molloy, 46, who was killed in Tottenham, north London, on September 17, 2004, and Marie Harding, 73, who was murdered two days earlier near Worthing, Sussex.

The two victims he tried to kill were Peter King, 61, in Portscreek, Portsmouth, on September 15 and Koumis Constantino, 59, in Hornsey, north London, on September 17.

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